Friday, March 1, 2013

The Grand Hotel: Balenciaga at the Hotel de Ville

"People come, people go.  Nothing ever changes."  Dr Otternschlag.  From the 1932 film Grand Hotel.

But in fashion, people do come and people do go.  Ghesquiere, the admired designer for the house of Balenciaga suddenly left after an extremely successful Spring 2013 show and there was much shock when Alexander Wang, the Amercian designer of the perfect, cool slouchy t shirt, was given the position just vacated by Ghesquiere.

I personally adored Nicholas Ghesquiere and regard him as one of the few creative geniuses working in fashion design today.  A few of my favorites:

Who can forget?  The loose cargo pants, the patchwork vest?  Every girl was obsessed!  And still looks so modern and cool.

Balenciaga Spring 2002
The jellyfish dress in seafoam green:

Balenciaga Fall 2003

The chain entwined dress:

Balenciaga Fall 2004
Another slouchy pant.  Another must have.  I remember I snagged mine at Barneys away from Lindsay Lohan when she was still a promising ingenue.

I loved this and was a tad shocked to discover that the retail price was over $30,000 : (

Alexander Wang's debut for the house of Balenciaga was called a prelude.  It was a prelude with a past.  Wang referenced wanted to reference "the codes of the house while translating them into a full functioning wardrobe".  I am not entirely without hope...

Alexander Wang for Balenciaga Fall 2013

Alexander Wang for Fall 2013

And amidst people coming, people going, pieces by the original Master, Crisobal Balenciaga, are on view at L'Hotel de Ville in Paris in Olivier Saillard's exhibit Paris Haute Couture:

Paris Haute Couture
March 2nd 2013 - July 6th 2013
Hotel de Ville

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